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Greg Curnoe


Greg Curnoe: Life & Work

By Judith Rodger

Decades ahead of his time, in the 1960s and 1970s Greg Curnoe made art that prophetically advocated for what would become today’s most pressing issues, including Indigenous land claims, the importance of regional voices, and the vehement rejection of U.S. cultural influence on Canada. This renowned Canadian artist and activist transformed his hometown of London, Ontario, into a hub of artistic production and spearheaded London Regionalism, a movement that focused on the importance of local, everyday life in contrast to big-city art scenes.


Greg Curnoe: Life & Work chronicles the importance of one of Canada’s most innovative and influential artists. It documents his career and how his striking and brightly coloured painting, sculpture, video, and photography made a powerful impact on this country’s cultural spirit and helped define its identity. Despite Curnoe’s untimely demise—in 1992 when he was fatally hit by a truck while riding his bike—he changed this country’s artmaking with his anti-establishment and nationalist politics. In today’s anti-Trump era Curnoe’s luminous and patriotic depictions offer new meaning to contemporary audiences.

Judith Rodger is an art historian and an adjunct professor at Western University and a cultural leader in London, Ontario. Rodger, who knew Greg Curnoe personally and professionally, developed a sustained interest in the artist’s life.

$40 CAD

ISBN 978-1-4871-0179-4
Published: March 25, 2019
Hardcover | 8.5″ x 11″ | 132 pp


– 80 full-colour illustrations
– 4 key chapters: Biography, Key Works, Significance & Critical Issues and Style & Technique
– Glossary of important terms, people, and organizations
– Illustrated list of public galleries and institutions where you can see the artist’s work

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